Beardmore WB-1

1st Flight 1917
Military Users- Prototype Only.
WB-1
In 1916, G. Tilghman Richards, the newly appointed chief designer of the aviation department of the Scottish shipbuilder William Beardmore, designed his first aircraft for Beardmore, the W.B.1.
This was to be a single engine bomber for the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), which was intended to carry out long gliding attacks to achieve surprise.
It was a three-bay biplane with long span high aspect ratio wings, which were highly staggered.
It was powered by a 230 hp (172 kW) BHP engine and first flew in early 1917.
The W.B.1 was delivered to the RNAS at Cranwell for evaluation on 8 June 1917.
By this time however, the larger and more capable Handley Page O/100 was in production and the W.B.1 was rejected by the RNAS.
WB-1
Specifications-
Crew: 1
Length: 32 ft 10 in (10.01 m)
Wingspan: 61 ft 6 in (18.75 m)
Height: 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
Wing area: 796 sq ft (74.0 m2)
Empty weight: 3,410 lb (1,550 kg)
Gross weight: 5,600 lb (2,545 kg)
Power plant: 1 × Sunbeam or Beardmore Adriatic , 230 hp (172 kW)
Performance
Maximum speed: 91 mph (147 km/h, 79 kn)
Endurance: 7.3 hours
Armament
One .303 in Lewis gun on rear cockpit
660 lb (300 kg) bombs
WB-1
Credits-
Beardmore, The history of a Scottish industrial giant-John R Hume.
Beardmore Aviation, The Story of a Scottish Industrial Giant’s Aviation Activities-Charles Edward Mackay.
Wikipedia.

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